I have traveled a lot with food a major, if not the only, focus. I do a little research about what to expect so I am ready for possibly unique dishes. Dumplings in Asia, wonderful fish in Sicily for instance. When I visit friends in the South, I learn to drink copious amounts of iced tea. And I am emphasizing vast amounts, whether in someone’s home or in a restaurant. I know this doesn’t seem to compare with some heartier dishes, but it is still novel to that part of the world. On one visit I had a version of this spiked with bourbon. Either way, the presentation of our version made with jam as a taste booster is beautiful and delicious.
Sometimes in summer it is puzzling to figure out what to have for a lazy lunch or dinner. This could be a good solution. Pair this flatbread with a simple salad and a glass of white wine and you are all set.
Have you discovered skirt steak? A long jagged looking thin cut about 5 inches wide, not nearly as expensive as conventional steak cuts. When grilled, skirt steak has tons of flavor with a juicy middle and tasty, crispy edges. Because this cut is thin, it is a quick cut to grill. If you are looking for something to serve for 4th of July, this is it. I have a rub that was given to me by a Boston chef almost 20 years ago. It never fails - and because the cut is thin, you don’t have to spend time hovering over the grill. When the grill is really hot with red/orange embers, toss on the steak. Each side takes about 5 minutes or less. A note to keep in mind - when my friend gave me the recipe, he did not offer precise measurements - just “a good amount of this” and “less of this”. Below are amounts I came up with - you may want more of less of some of these.
As you can imagine, I adore making jam and obsessed with trying new combinations. I like choosing the fruit, chopping, cutting, cooking, and especially tasting and re-tasting.
After all the stirring and tasting, I begin to yearn for greens. A big salad. This is one of my favorite combinations and even includes some spoonfuls of my jam.